Foreign News: The Pangs of Empire


In one way, Korea is the Austria of Asia: it was the first country overrun and exploited by the Asiatic aggressor. In other ways the parallel fails. The Japs are far more afraid of Korea than the Nazis are of Austria. To the Japanese, the Koreans are "inscrutable," as the Japanese themselves are to westerners. Ever since Japan took Korea in 1904, its Korean policy has wavered between uneasy placating and frantic terrorism. Grapevine news reaching the Korean National Front Federation in the U.S. last week showed quite clearly that Japan, however busy it might be elsewhere, could not turn...

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